has announced his 2020 campaign.
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R) officially launched a long-shot primary challenge against President Trump on Monday.
Weld, the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate in 2016, did not mention Trump in a statement announcing his candidacy.
"In these times of great political strife, when both major parties are entrenched in their 'win at all cost' battles, the voices of the American people are being ignored and our nation is suffering," Weld said.
"It is time for patriotic men and women across our great nation to stand and plant a flag. It is time to return to the principles of Lincoln - equality, dignity, and opportunity for all. There is no greater cause on earth than to preserve what truly makes America great. I am ready to lead that fight," he added.
Weld faces nearly impossible odds in his quest to defeat Trump in the Republican primary.
Trump's presidential campaign raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019 and has more than $40 million on hand. A recent Gallup survey found that 89 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of the president.
The Republican National Committee has taken steps to head off a potential primary challenger, voting to express its "undivided support" for the president. And the Trump campaign has been staffing up with party insiders to map out a delegates strategy to ensure there are no surprises at the 2020 convention.
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